Senior Insights Manager,
Calum manages a range of insights projects focusing on connectivity, having previously worked on GSMA’s Digital Identity programme.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Calum worked as a digital measurement consultant focusing on identifying the success of digital interventions. He has a background in international development, monitoring and evaluation, digital connectivity, strategy consulting, and policymaking – including at local, national, and global levels. This included working in a UK government Behaviour Change Team, where he ran one of the largest Randomised Controlled Trials undertaken by government; and leading on key aspects of telecoms policy.
Calum is also a Churchill Fellow, and travelled to a range of countries to explore international approaches to digital, data, and connectivity. Beyond this, Calum has significant experience of infrastructure delivery – including 3G, 4G, WiFi, and full-fibre infrastructure; as well as exploring potential use-cases for 5G and IoT. In partiular, his work on full-fibre has been cited as an example of best practice in the UK.
Calum has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, is completing an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is undertaking a part-time PhD in Behavioural Science from University College London.
Posts by Calum Handforth
Friday 1 November, 2019 | Blog | blog | Connected Society | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet
Around the world, digital, data and technology are changing the way we live and work. The internet is a major aspect of this shift, and is shaping business, education and communication for billions of people. Mobile technology is playing a key role in delivering these ...
Friday 27 September, 2019 | Asia and Australia | Asia Pacific | Blog | blog | Connected Society | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | East Asia and Pacific | English | Malaysia | Mobile internet | South Asia
Mobile internet is changing lives and livelihoods around the world. It is a fundamental driver of our increasingly digital societies. Mobile internet provides the sole means of online access and engagement for millions of people globally, especially in low- and middle-income ...
Wednesday 17 July, 2019 | Africa | Blog | blog | Connected Society | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Sub-Saharan Africa
Globally, 750 million people do not live within the footprint of mobile broadband. Without this coverage and connectivity, they’re unable to benefit from the potential that being online can afford. Although the mobile industry, and partners, have made huge progress in ...
Tuesday 16 July, 2019 | Africa | Blog | blog | Connected Society | Connected Society | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet | Sub-Saharan Africa
In 2018, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population was using the internet. For many mobile is the primary – or only – way to get online. Last year alone, almost 300 million further people connected to mobile internet. The extent and progress of mobile ...
Thursday 30 May, 2019 | Bangladesh | Blog | Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative | Digital Identity | Digital identity | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Gender | Nigeria | Rwanda
Through discussions with more than 300 people across the three countries – including experts from the mobile industry, international development community, and private sector - we identified and explored a range of opportunity areas for mobile.
Friday 22 February, 2019 | Blog | Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Gender | Malawi | Sri Lanka | Uganda | Zambia
Over one billion people around the world, including more than 230 million women and girls in the Commonwealth, lack official proof of identity. Recognising that mobile technology and mobile network operators (MNOs) are well-positioned to tackle this issue, we explored the ...
Friday 22 February, 2019 | Bangladesh | Blog | Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion for Women | Gender | Nigeria | Rwanda | User insights and data
For the one billion people globally without any official identification, mobile technology has the potential to deliver identity solutions that enable them to live a better life. However, in order to achieve this we need to understand how individuals use (or don’t use) ...